Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read in July 2012

It’s the first Thursday of the month, so it’s time to report: Readers' Favorite Books

What is the best book you read in July 2012 and why did you love it? It doesn’t have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

(And don’t forget that we always have plenty more reading recommendations on our Fanlit Faves page and our 5-Star SFF page.)

As always, one commenter will choose a book from our stacks.

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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff September 2009 – September 2012) Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on Tolkien. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. Justin lives in a small home near the river with his wife, their baby daughter, and Norman, a mildly smelly dog. He doesn't have much time for reviewing anymore, but he still shows up here occasionally to let us know how he feels about stuff.

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  1. Can I have two? It was a good month.

    Grave Memory by Kalayna Price … I’m loving the Alex Craft series, and this book kept me hooked. I can’t wait for book 4.

    Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence … The writing was great and the story and characters made me think and feel. I was continually going over how I felt about this, what I believe about that, etc.

    • The Kaylana Price books are good.

      I don’t know what to pick from mine. The two books I read were both 3.5 stars, maybe 4 in spots. Will have to think on it. I’m working on reviews for both over at the blog, but they won’t be up until this weekend.

  2. I read a few books I liked in July, but none more so than Passage by Connie Willis. True, it is probably too long and includes many of the quirks of her writing that I find frustrating, but overall it was a fascinating and movie novel with a very emotional conclusion.

  3. SandyG265 /

    The best book I read in jUly was a YA book Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles. It’s about a pair of orphans who are sent to northern Minnesota to live with an uncle they’ve never met who studies wolves for a living. It’s the only book I read all month that I didn’t want to put down.

  4. Nadine /

    Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. Dark, brilliant, refreshingly different. If you like books with interesting, well developed characters, you will like this book. If you like books with inventive, beautiful writing styles, you will like this book. If you like books that are not formulaic and predictable, you will like this book.

  5. April V. /

    Since it is still top of my mind from finishing it at the very end of the month, I’m going to go with Stained Glass Monsters by Andrea Host. I gave it five stars for good characters, interesting plot, terrific world building and page-turnability.

  6. I read two fantasy novels on July, neither of which was fantastic. So, the best book I read was the thriller/suspense/crime novel The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens.

  7. RedEyedGhost /

    Caliban’s War by James SA Corey… well I read most of it in July.

  8. Hey, Sandy, Summer of the Wolves sounds fun! I actually read three really good books in July. Stacey Jay’s Blood on the Bayou was compelling, scary and fun; The Minority Council (Kate Griffin) reminded me of everything I love about the Matthew Swift series; and I loved Tim Swift, Devon Monk’s second book in her steam-punk fantasy series. And a fourth, which I haven’t reviewed, Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Prisoner of Heaven, was excellent.

  9. no contest–Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk hands down.

  10. The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, best book I read in July. Didn’t even have to think about that one.

  11. RedEyedGhost, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks. Please contact me (Tim) with your choice and a US address.

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